Prep President Michael Gomez, Ed.D., ’91 and Principal James DeAngelo, ’85 announced this week that Prep will take the precautionary action of shifting to fully remote classes beginning Monday, November 23, and continuing through the Martin Luther King holiday on January 18. Hybrid learning will resume Tuesday, January 19.
“In every respect, this decision is purely preventative,” Dr. Gomez said. “It is not a reaction to any occurrence on campus. As a school community, we have done a remarkable job of implementing our Return to Prep plan and focusing on our mission. We have made it through the first quarter with minimal cases and no evidence of COVID-19 spreading within the school.
“I continue to be proud of the work of the Prep community,” he added.
With the recent spike in COVID numbers around the country, and the potential for viral transmission due to holiday travel and family gatherings, the administration is convinced an abundance of caution is necessary.
In a message to parents and students, Mr. DeAngelo and Dr. Gomez reiterated the importance of abiding by health and safety guidelines during these weeks, including the advice against large gatherings and travel to certain areas. “We ask everyone in our school community to continue be mindful of their personal choices, not only at this time, but also when we return to our hybrid learning model,” they wrote.